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Emma Rawicz

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Just over a year ago, the fledgling British musician Emma Rawicz caused a sensation with her first self-produced album Incantations. It was the spontaneous affirmation of a mellifluous saxophone as a true tenor, combining the influences of great masters such as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter and Michael Brecker. She is more than just a pretty instrumental voice however, demonstrating serious ambitions and talent as a composer, as evidenced by the opening track "Voodoo," an abstract pictorial work in fauvist colours in a musical setting. Now supported by the German label ACT, she’s back with Chroma at the head of an all-star band featuring the guitarist Ant Law (already present on the first album), singer Immy Churchill, Ivo Neame on piano—all guided by the implacable strength of a high-flying "made in the UK" rhythm section of Conor Chaplin on bass and double bass and Asaf Sirkis on drums.


Switching between tenor saxophone, bass clarinet and flute with a great sense of timbre and nuance, this polyphone describes composition and arrangements in great complexity, in the very modern register of a neo-fusion mixed with post-bop and spiritual jazz. Making use of the full spectrum of her chromesthesia Rawicz is able to illustrate with impossible vividity. Each piece is named after colours she confesses she has never heard before, whose symbolism she makes use of respectively. The three versions of the theme "Xanadu," which serve as the backbone of the whole, offer a remarkable insight into Emma Rawicz’s art, which we might ultimately consider this time as an art of variegation. A remarkably coherent work, full of promise for the future which was bound to become Qobuzissime! © Stéphane Ollivier/Qobuz

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1
Phlox
00:07:00

Klaus Scheuermann, Mastering Engineer - Ivo Neame, Piano - Asaf Sirkis, Drums - Ant Law, Guitar - Conor Chaplin, Bass - Sonny Johns, Mixer - ACT Music Publishing e.K., MusicPublisher - Emma Rawicz, Composer, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Artist, MainArtist

2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG 2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

2
Xanadu I
00:02:16

Klaus Scheuermann, Mastering Engineer - Ivo Neame, Piano - Asaf Sirkis, Drums - Ant Law, Guitar - Conor Chaplin, Bass - Sonny Johns, Mixer - ACT Music Publishing e.K., MusicPublisher - Emma Rawicz, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, Artist, MainArtist

2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG 2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

3
Rangwali
00:09:19

Klaus Scheuermann, Mastering Engineer - Ivo Neame, Piano - Asaf Sirkis, Drums - Ant Law, Guitar - Conor Chaplin, Bass - Sonny Johns, Mixer - ACT Music Publishing e.K., MusicPublisher - Emma Rawicz, Composer, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Artist, MainArtist - Immy Churchill, Backing Vocals

2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG 2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

4
Xanadu II
00:02:48

Klaus Scheuermann, Mastering Engineer - Ivo Neame, Piano - Asaf Sirkis, Drums - Ant Law, Guitar - Conor Chaplin, Bass - Sonny Johns, Mixer - ACT Music Publishing e.K., MusicPublisher - Emma Rawicz, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, Artist, MainArtist

2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG 2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

5
Middle Ground
00:06:36

Klaus Scheuermann, Mastering Engineer - Ivo Neame, Piano - Asaf Sirkis, Drums - Ant Law, Guitar - Conor Chaplin, Bass - Sonny Johns, Mixer - ACT Music Publishing e.K., MusicPublisher - Emma Rawicz, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, Artist, MainArtist - Immy Churchill, Backing Vocals

2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG 2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

6
Xanadu III
00:01:40

Klaus Scheuermann, Mastering Engineer - Ivo Neame, Piano - Asaf Sirkis, Drums - Ant Law, Guitar - Conor Chaplin, Bass - Sonny Johns, Mixer - ACT Music Publishing e.K., MusicPublisher - Emma Rawicz, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, Artist, MainArtist - Immy Churchill, Backing Vocals

2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG 2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

7
Intro to Viridian
00:01:01

Klaus Scheuermann, Mastering Engineer - Ivo Neame, Piano - Sonny Johns, Mixer - ACT Music Publishing e.K., MusicPublisher - Emma Rawicz, Composer, Artist, MainArtist

2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG 2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

8
Viridian
00:06:33

Klaus Scheuermann, Mastering Engineer - Ivo Neame, Piano - Asaf Sirkis, Drums - Ant Law, Guitar - Conor Chaplin, Bass - Sonny Johns, Mixer - ACT Music Publishing e.K., MusicPublisher - Emma Rawicz, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, Artist, MainArtist - Immy Churchill, Backing Vocals

2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG 2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

9
Falu
00:06:01

Klaus Scheuermann, Mastering Engineer - Ivo Neame, Piano - Asaf Sirkis, Drums - Ant Law, Guitar - Conor Chaplin, Bass - Sonny Johns, Mixer - ACT Music Publishing e.K., MusicPublisher - Emma Rawicz, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, Artist, MainArtist

2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG 2023 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

Album review

Just over a year ago, the fledgling British musician Emma Rawicz caused a sensation with her first self-produced album Incantations. It was the spontaneous affirmation of a mellifluous saxophone as a true tenor, combining the influences of great masters such as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter and Michael Brecker. She is more than just a pretty instrumental voice however, demonstrating serious ambitions and talent as a composer, as evidenced by the opening track "Voodoo," an abstract pictorial work in fauvist colours in a musical setting. Now supported by the German label ACT, she’s back with Chroma at the head of an all-star band featuring the guitarist Ant Law (already present on the first album), singer Immy Churchill, Ivo Neame on piano—all guided by the implacable strength of a high-flying "made in the UK" rhythm section of Conor Chaplin on bass and double bass and Asaf Sirkis on drums.


Switching between tenor saxophone, bass clarinet and flute with a great sense of timbre and nuance, this polyphone describes composition and arrangements in great complexity, in the very modern register of a neo-fusion mixed with post-bop and spiritual jazz. Making use of the full spectrum of her chromesthesia Rawicz is able to illustrate with impossible vividity. Each piece is named after colours she confesses she has never heard before, whose symbolism she makes use of respectively. The three versions of the theme "Xanadu," which serve as the backbone of the whole, offer a remarkable insight into Emma Rawicz’s art, which we might ultimately consider this time as an art of variegation. A remarkably coherent work, full of promise for the future which was bound to become Qobuzissime! © Stéphane Ollivier/Qobuz

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